MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

The responses to the Australian government’s Discussion Paper on Online Copyright Infringement are trickling through to the Attorney-General’s website.

This Tuesday 9 September Minister Turnbull  will host the Online Copyright Infringement Forum with industry leaders. The forum will be webcast from 6.30pm

iiNet lets fly in its submission to the government’s copyright consultation. | Gizmodo Au |  (Full submission)

How film studios want to use data retention to crack down on piracy. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1Bk10AA

Piracy policy could sully Australia’s image. | AFR | http://bit.ly/1vCmUie

Defamation & media law

A landmark judgment – Bleyer v Google. | INFORRM | http://bit.ly/1ubkyFg

Corby’s siblings awarded more than $300,000 in compensation for defamation. | Daily Mail | http://dailym.ai/1lP0R51

Privacy & information security

Please stop saying celebs shouldn’t have taken nude photos in the first place. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1sVGFN2

Challenge to NSA’s mass surveillance inches it way up the court system. | ACLU | http://bit.ly/1renUpA

Extraordinary rendition and the secret role of metadata. | Ryan J Gallagher | http://bit.ly/1wTodLr

ALRC recommends tort for serious invasion of privacy. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/ZdpwFV

Australia Federal Police mistakenly publish metadata from criminal investigations. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/XTOdqL

Tribler makes BitTorrent anonymous with built-in Tor network. | Torrentfreak | http://bit.ly/1pmxD82

iiNet, industry & consumer organisations seek limits on website blocking (section 313). | ComputerWorld | 

The trap of simplicity: why analogies for surveillance fail us. | Privacy International | http://bit.ly/1uEQjVj

Aussie game classification receives first major reform in nearly 20 years. | Develop | http://bit.ly/1uEQHmO 

Chattanooga’s Gig: how one city’s super-fast internet is driving a tech boom. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1pv24yZ

Social media

Reports of Twitter shifting to algorithmic timeline raise concern about user control and experience. | Digiphile | http://bit.ly/WyIvcq

What is ‘fairness’? What happens when technology decides? | Medium | http://bit.ly/1qxdG3L

Internet Archive uploads more than 14 million public domain images. | Boing Boing | http://bit.ly/1lP36VM

7 September 2014

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MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Is copyright infringement theft?  | MsLods storify | https://storify.com/MsLods/theft-and-copyright-law

You’ve got 1 week! Input sought on online copyright infringement proposals.  | Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/1AJTMG2 & my collection of #copdis resources: http://bit.ly/1oJVhjr

How many jobs does IP actually create? A US analysis. | Mercatus Center | http://bit.ly/1txKnhn

Anti-piracy firm wants to fine Canadian and Aussie file-sharers. | TorrentFreak | http://bit.ly/1vaZS1R

New Zealand: Another alleged music pirate pinged under ‘Skynet’. | Stuff | http://bit.ly/1BR1nns

Village Roadshow no-show for online piracy forum. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1qCG9RJ

Defamation & media law

North Coast Children’s Home Inc. v Keith Martin, the perils of digital defamation, by Yvonne Kux. | INFORRM | 

Careful with your coverage of the Redfern murder case – especially pics. | Journlaw | http://bit.ly/1t3Mig3

Financial services group WCS serves online forum Whirlpool over negative post. | The Age | http://bit.ly/1pcvHTP

Privacy & information security

iiNet on mass data retention: is it really the way the west is going? | iiNet |  (pdf)

Targeted ‘preservation notices’ offer an alternative to blanket data retention, says iiNet. | ComputerWorld |  

EFF & ACLU demolish the U. S. government’s “it’s just metadata” claim in their latest NSA spying brief. | EFF |  

Data retention ‘not a significant issue’ for Telstra. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1tGBAJe

Data retention – the implications for lawyers & journalists. | Independent Australia | http://bit.ly/1psVQyI 

EU lawyers confirm ‘general and blanket data retention is no longer possible’ in the European Union. | Techdirt | http://bit.ly/1q6Hf84 

Metadata – what to keep. | Phil Dobbie | http://bit.ly/1p3GMlJ podcast featuring Steve Dalby, iiNet, Mike Maharrey & Paul Brooks.

Technology

The Primary Way to Report Harassment Online Is Broken. | The Atlantic | http://theatln.tc/1AJUKlm

What happens to #Ferguson affects Ferguson. | Medium | http://bit.ly/1AgVw9f

Social media

What do you call 100 lawyers on Twitter? (A good start). | The Drum (UK) | http://bit.ly/1zm4UWO

China’s new Interim Rules for Internet & social messaging use ( in English). | Fei Chang Dao | http://bit.ly/VJv1dl

From the US: Arrest over Twitter parody of mayor wasn’t unreasonable. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1uSVioB

24 August 2014

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MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Public consultation: This past week the Australian government released a Discussion Paper on Online Copyright Infringement.  You can have your say with submissions due by 1 September. Follow the discussion on Twitter via -> #copdis

Rights owners must sue mum and dad copyright infringers: Turnbull. | ZDNet |  http://zd.net/1qSCSDJ

Film and music companies should foot the bill for online piracy crackdown: Turnbull. | The Age | http://bit.ly/1lp0urU

Australia you wouldn’t steal a DVD, but you would block websites and suspend Internet accounts. | EFF | http://bit.ly/1nYlDz1

Defamation & media law

WikiLeaks gag order: open justice is threatened by super-injunctions. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1xSzy9H

The perils of the Streisand effect. | BBC News | http://bbc.in/1xSA8US

15 years for lese majeste. | Bangkok Post | http://bit.ly/1mbzA6Q

Privacy & information security

 UK’s Drip surveillance law faces legal challenge by MPs. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1p1P0Qa

danah boyd: What is Privacy? | Medium | http://bit.ly/1ohEyiv

‘I know where your cat lives': pet-stalking app proves privacy point. | CBC | http://bit.ly/1kjnT37

Putin tightens grip on the Internet: signs new law requiring mass storage of Russians’ data. | Salon | http://bit.ly/1tJh5P1

Protecting your privacy: our stand against data retention. | iiNet blog | http://bit.ly/1n752aa and full statement to the Senate Committee:  http://bit.ly/1zxTQrE 

Data retention plan will cost $100 million a year, warns iiNet. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1qGPNEf

The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1r3oynJ

New broadband users shun ‘child friendly’ filters, Ofcom finds. | BBC | http://bbc.in/1p1P4PH

A year after the IT Pricing Review – Australians are still waiting longer and paying more. | Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/1pxXcXr

Social media

Facebook’s privacy pivot. | Slate | http://slate.me/1nQeEbe

Tweeting from courtroom impresses Nova Scotia top judge. | Toronto Star | http://on.thestar.com/1rZnEKe

Twitter’s latest Transparency Report.  | Twitter | http://bit.ly/1u7mhcU

3 August 2014

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“Mummy is in hospital and daddy is sick …” An afternoon’s visit to MITA detention centre in Melbourne

Visit to MITA (Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation) detention centre Broadmeadows (24 July)

I’ve just now properly digested my mother’s account of one of her regular visits to detention centre located in suburban Melbourne after some travel this past week. It seemed timely to publish this given today’s evidence at the national inquiry into children in immigration detention.

This is a lightly edited version of her letter, published with her permission:

When normal visiting hours started at 2pm there was great sadness, as a stateless Rohingya family from Burma, mother, father and three children, who have not long started school, had that morning been sent back to Christmas Island. They had only recently been reunited with their teenage son after 2 years separation. On Wednesday they had to say goodbye to him as he was sent back to Brisbane.

We also heard that there would be a mass and memorial service at 5pm for the brother of one of the Tamil ASIO rejected men who tragically lost his life in Sri Lanka after much suffering.

Another ASIO rejected Tamil man came to me very upset as the day before he had just received another rejection. I had been seeing him on the last few visits as he asked me if I could give him some clothes for his 9 year old daughter, who is having a birthday soon, and his seven year old son so he could send the clothes to them in Sri Lanka.

We meet two grandmothers. One was to be sent back to Christmas Island the next day.

We had parcels for 8 individuals or families. One was for another large extended family. The father is a very bad diabetic requiring 2 injections daily and is having a lot of problems with his eye sight.

Another parcel was for a family where the mother is extremely depressed. There is the husband and 2 young children.

One parcel was for a 19 year old young lady who was born in Afghanistan but grew up in Pakistan. This beautiful young women arrived in Australia by plane 18mths ago seeking asylum. She spent 6 months in Maribynong and has now been in MITA for 12 months. She has seen over a thousand people come and go in that time and is very depressed.

We also had a parcel for an Iranian family, mother, father and 5 year old son. The mother suffers from severe depression and has spent time in hospital. She told me last week that it was her birthday on the 26th and also asked for clothes for the family. They were given clothing and a cake to celebrate her birthday. The husband was very grateful, saying it made his wife happy. She didn’t feel well enough to come to the visitors centre.

An Iranian man that I have assisted with clothing came and said hello. He is still waiting to have surgery on his knee that was damaged in the February riots on Manus Island.

Two mothers, sisters, both with 2 young children were bought in to meet us. They came from Christmas Island at the end of last week. They are suffering from severe depression. It became very emotional when one of the mothers showed me her arms. Both arms showed the scars of over thirty burn marks. She said to me, “all we want is freedom.” “Christmas Island is very bad.” I told her that we do not like what our government is doing. They told us they had a brother on Christmas Island but they rarely saw him because he was in another compound.

Another mother who we have assisted a number of times came to me very concerned about her 4 years old daughter who suffers from epilepsy, and having fits almost every day. She is also concerned that her daughter is very underweight and doesn’t like the food. When I first met the mother about 6 months ago she told me that she and her daughter had been sent to Perth for her daughter’s treatment. They were there for 2 months. During this time her husband and older son where left back on Christmas Island. They were reunited in MITA shortly after the mother and daughter arrived.

An 8 year old girl came up to me and said to me, “mummy is in hospital and daddy is sick.” We have assisted and met with this family many times. The mother is in hospital on suicide watch. Her 8 months old son is with her at the hospital. It is not her first visit to hospital. When the mother was around 6 months pregnant she was sent to Darwin to wait for the birth of the baby. Her husband, son and daughter remained on Christmas Island, affecting everyone’s mental health.

Another mother came and proudly showed us her little 2 weeks old daughter. We had supplied clothing for the baby and the whole family.

At 5pm we went into memorial service for the young Tamil man. This was held in a class room next to the visitors centre. It was a very moving and emotional ceremony. A Tamil priest co-celebrated the mass with Fr Peter. The Tamil priest personal knew the young man. The gospel was read in English, Italian, Arabic and Tamil.

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MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

ISP blockades on file-sharing sites lifted after Spanish Court overturns ruling. | Future of Copyright | 

Pirate Bay traffic has doubled post-ISP blocks. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1nr1lxR

IP academic tells Parliamentary Committee he can’t see any basis for the assertions that the iiNet decision needs to be overturned. | ComputerWorld | 

iiNet joins web giants to raise concerns about intermediary liability in secret TPP talks. | IT News | 

Six strikes was not designed to provide courtroom evidence of infringement. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1n5epHj

The troubling truth of why it’s still so hard to share files directly. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1jY1v9v

Embracing the open opportunity: “copyright needs urgent reform”, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda | Europa | http://bit.ly/1r68ROy

Defamation & media law

Andrew Bolt the latest to apologise over Tony Abbott’s wall punch. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1qMA88y

Australian Government’s latest national security bill to stifle debate. | JournLaw | http://bit.ly/1nr2bui

‘Restaurant rules’ – David Rolph’s interview on defamation & the perils of reviewing. | Radio National’s ‘Law Report’ | http://ab.co/UjN60F

Is Google undermining the right to be forgotten? | CNN | http://cnn.it/1qNwCw4

Privacy & information security

UK Data Retention Act passed in record time; fight back has already begun. | TechDirt | 

The UK’s ‘emergency’ DRIP surveillance law is a done deal.  | Gigaom | http://bit.ly/1pqLhsB

I, spy: Edward Snowden in exile. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1jYDKnv “… what you care about is the metadata, because metadata doesn’t lie …”.

Data retention ‘neither necessary nor proportionate': UNHRC | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1zKuWGg

Data retention held unconstitutional in Slovenia. | Digital Rights Ireland | http://bit.ly/1oXz8wK

Submissions to PJCIS inquiry on National Security Legislation Amendment Bill due 30 July. | APH | http://bit.ly/UjJlZ8

The website that remembers the things Google forgot. | Washington Post | http://wapo.st/1qSSGlJ

Big data is just a big, distracting bubble that is about to burst, says ‘Doc’ Searls. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1tupF57

The unlikely life of inventor and Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr. | ABC RN | http://ab.co/1tKczkc

18 July 1992, the first photo uploaded to the Web, of CERN’s all-girl science rock band. | Brain Pickings | http://bit.ly/1k4KcJJ

Internet activism worked today. Here’s how to keep the momentum going. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1qaqheI

Social media

Google Plus finally gives up on its ineffective, dangerous real-name policy. | Slate | http://slate.me/1jUzxBn

#thetimeofthegame – When the world watches the World Cup, what does that look like? | The Atlantic | http://theatln.tc/WgSMKH

Facebook, Google and the little people.  | Paul Bernal | http://bit.ly/1n0K5hB

Facebook and engineering the public. | Medium | http://bit.ly/1iRmqA0

Meet Del Harvey, Twitter’s troll patrol.  | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1pX2j24

20 July  2014

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MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology (*Updated)

Copyright

 Why Australia should sign the Marrakesh Treaty: Trish Hepworth. | ALIA | http://bit.ly/1j5iNkF

*Australia has now signed the Marrakesh Treaty to give blind and visually impaired people access to books: https://twitter.com/WIPO/status/481059631658434560

“Australia does not have an obligation … to impose liability on internet access providers for their users’ copyright infringements”:  Associate Professor Kimberlee Weatherall. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1p9BnAc

Australian Digital Alliance submission to JSCOT on the Intellectual Property provisions of Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement. | ADA | http://bit.ly/1m4rz2s

iiNet’s Steve Dalby to Village Roadshow: “It’s not our job to stop online infringers”. | Gizmodo | http://bit.ly/1lj1AZF

Choice Australia on piracy and access to content. | Choice | http://bit.ly/1pH1D4h

New copyright infringement laws will increase piracy: Paul Budde. | Buddle Blog | http://bit.ly/1j5pvY7

Rights holders are ‘control freaks peddling futility-on-a-stick’, says iiNet. | CNET |   Site blocking: does it work? 

7th Circuit confirms Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain. | The IPKat | http://bit.ly/1jIWlxX

Athletes’ tattoo artists file copyright suits, leave indelible mark. | WSJ | http://on.wsj.com/1uAjd81

Defamation and media law

 East Timor elites try to muddle media. | Crikey News | http://bit.ly/1jIRxsq

$600,000 restaurant review: Fairfax loses 11-year defamation battle. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1yEaer5

The “New” New York Times: Free Speech Lawyering in the Age of Google and Twitter. | Harvard Law Review | http://bit.ly/1qE7Lus

A Policy Background Paper: Media Control and Ownership on media diversity. | Department of Communications |

Privacy & information security

ISIS threat justifies greater surveillance, says former defence secretary (UK).  | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1prgCvH

Privacy since Snowden: Mark Stephens. | Project Syndicate | http://bit.ly/1jITDs9

House votes to cut key pursestrings for NSA surveillance. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1w2QSK1

Australian spy agencies in line for new digital surveillance powers. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1rp13WA

Canada: Internet providers can’t provide customer names and addresses to police without a warrant. | CBC | http://bit.ly/1oXi4aL

US: For first time, Appeals Court rules warrant is required for cell phone location tracking. | ACLU | http://bit.ly/1nxtFMh 

Olivia Taters, Robot Teenager. | On the Media | http://bit.ly/V4LMQL

In a single tweet, as many pieces of metadata as there are characters. | WSJ | http://on.wsj.com/1uu3jxF

Time to axe the ‘Australia tax’.  | Choice Australia | http://bit.ly/1yEn1d7

How Amazon is holding Hachette hostage: Cory Doctorow. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1no58qk

Social media

Social media and the Law resources. | Law Institute of Victoria | http://bit.ly/1nw5eNG

What everybody misunderstands about the ROI of social media. | Gary Vaynerchuk | http://bit.ly/U6tfCM

The impact of social media on political journalism: Judith Ireland & Greg Jericho. | APH | http://bit.ly/1lKAPgr (27 June 2014)

Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors (US). | ABA | http://bit.ly/V49hcz

23 June  2014

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MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

What’s the issue with piracy in Australia? writes Steve Dalby | iiNet | http://bit.ly/1qmIXUE

iiNet calls on consumer fight back to piracy plans. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1hLgWqk  

Chris Berg: Coalition in murky waters in the hunt for online pirates. | The Drum | http://ab.co/1l3ylF3

Web browsing is copyright infringement, publishers argue.  | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1oxU0sR

Professor Jill McKeough’s presentation to the Parliamentary Library on the ALRC’s Inquiry: Copyright and the Digital Economy. | http://bit.ly/1lk7CJ1

Defamation & media law

Overview of the  Australian Centre for Independent Journalism’s ‘Justice Open and Shut’ Symposium held last week. | JournLaw | http://bit.ly/TE1UHP

Chris Kenny: I’ll be remembered as a dog f***er who stood up for his rights. | http://bit.ly/1hoOIBf

Privacy & information security

Intruders to the plugged-in-home, coming in through the Internet. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1pyc4Xt

Privacy is not dead – it’s inevitable.  | Boston Review | http://bit.ly/1kM4RAD

Quantifying privacy: a week of location data may be an unreasonable search.  | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/SuBmHO

NSA systems are so complex we can’t stop them from deleting data wanted for lawsuit. | Washington Post | http://wapo.st/1hD7Nzy

The killer gigabit app? It’s not what you think. “The speed is the app.” | GigaOm | http://bit.ly/1nvgX0E

Debunking the false construct of piracy and high-speed internet adoption. | Ericsson | http://bit.ly/S5l7Rf

Social media

Who’s behind that tweet? Here’s how 7 news organisations manage their Twitter & Facebook accounts. | Nieman Lab | http://bit.ly/1nH1NGo

Emily Parker on Blogging for freedom in Vietnam. | New Yorker | http://nyr.kr/1l13Bt6

On my reading list: “Judges, Cyberspace and Social Media” by Judge J. C. Gibson http://bit.ly/1oHQ6ji

10 June  2014

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